Old Fashioned Tea Cake Christmas Cookies

One recipe you should most certainly have in your collection is an Old Fashioned Tea Cake recipe.

Although the name alludes to a cake, these are actually thin little sugar cookies, much like a short bread cookie. They are not too sweet, just exactly right and perfect for Christmas decorating.

Find my Old Fashioned Tea Cake recipe and these Christmas cookies waiting to be iced and decorated at www.intelligentdomestications.com


I love a good recipe story, don’t you? This recipe came from a former neighbor. She was a seldom seen little sweet older lady who lived behind us. Her grown son lived with her, suffering from PTSD as a result of serving in World War II. He was generally a nice person who was always willing to assist with our vegetable garden, freely offering advice and instruction. 

One fine day there was a knock at my back door (back door guests are best you know). It was the sweet neighbor lady bringing me a plate full of her Old Fashioned Tea Cakes. I had never heard of such a cookie. That was roughly 34 years ago but I have never forgotten just how good her cookies were! This is her recipe which she shared in the neighborhood church cookbook and I of course purchased a copy.

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Old Fashioned Tea Cake Christmas Cookies
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 3 doz
Old Fashioned Tea Cake cookies are a must have recipe for all cooks. These cookies are light and tasty, not too sweet and perfect with or without icing.
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 3½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. soda
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  1. In a large mixing bowl, Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  2. Add eggs one at a time beating after each.
  3. Blend in dry ingredients, a little at a time to avoid a big cloud of flour dust, and continue to mix until a stiff dough is formed.
  4. Roll dough workable sized into logs, wrap in plastic wrap and chill for several hours or overnight.
  5. Take our just enough to work with and leave the rest in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it.
  6. Roll out very thin.
  7. Cut with cookie cutters and place on prepared cookie sheet pan.
  8. Bake at 375° until lightly browed. My oven cooks fast, mine are ready in 5 minutes.
  9. Allow to cool before icing.

 My husband says these cookies are ‘bakery quality’ and insist on me making them for him. When he had a choice between these cookies and the Triple Nut Bar Cookies, he chose these! That is saying a lot because those Triple Nut Bar Cookies are a highly requested dessert too.

Old Fashioned Tea Cake Christmas Cookies  decorated for Christmas along with a cup of coffee and a stack of Christmas card make a nice treat.Find the recipe at www.intelligentdomestications.comWhat could be better than a plate of freshly decorated Christmas cookies, a stack of Christmas cards to read and a nice hot cup of coffee?

Christmas Cookies made from an Old Fashioned Tea Cake Recipe. Find this and much more at www.intelligentdomestications.comIsn’t it always fun to use your cookie cutters at Christmas time?

What is your favorite Christmas Cookie?

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Christmas Party Fun:

Martha Stewart Collection Cup Cake Tree and Separate Decorating Set, both  Available online at Macy’s






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Hi, I'm Shirley; recipe creator, enthusiastic crafter, even more enthusiastic beginner sewist, flower gardener, and penny pincher from way back.
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  2. I grew up eating my grandma’s homemade tea cake cookies. It’s a shame she didn’t write down the recipe to pass it down to her family. I finally found one that tastes just like hers and shared it on my blog on grandparents day last year. Every time I bite into that tea cake, it brings back the best memories. Thanks for bringing back that good memories today! Love tea cakes!
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